StarWind Virtual SAN Scalability

Bryan Schuler
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
It has good scalability. You can add in almost anything that you want. The only oddball thing is with the three-tiered licensing. If you are looking to do anything highly scalable, such as replace your SAN, which is what we are doing now, you might as well go straight for the enterprise version. Just save yourself the headache of anything else. However, if you have a small project, and only need a couple VMs on some high speed stuff, you can use the free version or standard version. The standard version has the support, which if you are in corporate IT, it would be foolish not to get it. View full review »
Matthew Henson
Owner at Split Digital LLC
Scalability has been very easy, so far. We have had to resize some of the drives. The most complex thing which we have had to deal with was that one of the servers needed more than two terabytes of space, and it was an MBR formatted drive. I found some tools that allowed me to convert from MBR to GPT without having to reformat the drive or lose data. Then, we were able to expand that, too. Those are normal Windows management tasks, but we were able to do them within the StarWind environment without having to use anything besides one third-party tool for the GPT conversion. That part of the scalability has been excellent because we can just allocate disk space wherever we need it. Overall, we have about 200 users. For simultaneous users, who are on all the time during business hours, it is probably closer to 60 or 70. View full review »
Richard Ojeleye
Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The solution is really scalable. They have various models. We told them the maximum data that we have and found the right one for us. We can grow, as it expands. It is not a one size fits all. We have 41 people who can access data which resides on the VSAN. View full review »
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MarkMgr
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is there. We just have a two-node, so everything is connected together, not through a switch. I'm assuming that with the help of StarWind the scalability would be limitless. We don't have any immediate plans to expand. If we did need to, it would be more of a compute expansion, so we would use the existing storage and use additional compute clusters. View full review »
Dan Reynolds
Director of IT at BLDD ARCHITECTS INC
Seems that 2 node to 3 node is relatively easy. And 3 nodes or less and you don't need a 10G switch for your fabric. Gives you some options. Beyond that I'm not real sure. View full review »
FAFCO
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
The current non-managed solution is limited to 3 nodes. View full review »
David Gardner
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
As far as scalability goes, especially with adding storage, it's dirt-simple. It's so easy to do. I'm very impressed with that aspect of it. View full review »
reviewer1253973
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
Scaling to the size of the storage, thanks to the creation of a new target, does not affect the performance of the system as a whole. Scaling by including new nodes-requires timing for synchronization. View full review »
reviewer1145355
User
This software has done everything I need. It saved me a lot of time when I was given an extremely short time to add additional space to my Virtual Environment. View full review »
ITManagefb53
IT Manager at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
You can resize things on the fly as needed, add more storage as needed. Since it's all on Windows, you can expand the disk as much as needed and as quickly as possible. View full review »
reviewer1351425
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
The storage is as salable as your underlying storage. If you are using hardware RAID cards, then you are somewhat limited for expansion, etc. It is still much better than proprietary SANs. View full review »
reviewer903849
User
No, we can add additional nodes and hard drives at will without downtime. This is the beauty of virtualizing the storage. View full review »
Patryk Kwiecien
IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
Scalability is great and easy. You need more space to deploy another node, which gives you more fast storage. Redundancy will also improve. View full review »
Branden Beachy
User
This solution seems highly scalable, with the only limitations being management after a certain point. View full review »
reviewer1253883
Sr. Network Engineer at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
Scalability is great. View full review »
reviewer1157808
User
The way we have this setup, scaling is difficult. We use three systems that are all synchronized and using MIMO iSCSI. Adding storage means adding it to all three, rather than just tossing another server at it. You can architect it differently, which would make scaling easier. View full review »
Andrey Naumov
System Administrator at Craft Group
I didn't have that task. View full review »
GrzegorzEBX
Owner at Electronics Box
reviewer1083804
User
This solution can be expanded to a large environment when needed. View full review »
aycayilmaz
Computer Engineer at Savronik Electronic
The drives have been resized. This caused the loss of data and we noticed that you need a third-party vehicle. StarWind Training could do this. Scalability was very good in this respect. View full review »
Kamil
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
The scalability is very good. View full review »
Nikos Chavenetidis
System and Network Admin at ACS SA
The scalability is excellent. View full review »
reviewer1185738
User
It handles our environment very well and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't handle a much larger environment. View full review »
Christopher Vlach
Operations Manager at Lipman Insurance Administrators Inc.
Very easy to scale. I am not aware of any limitations. View full review »
AntonChernomazov
SAO Dept. Head at LLC BIT
Scalability is great. Just add disks to nodes to create new targets or expand existing ones. We didn't test targets with multiple devices. View full review »
Abuu Almas
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
Performance is uncompromised by the minimalistic hardware footprint, as well as the reduced deployment and management costs. StarWind VSAN brings to the table server-side flash and memory caches, log-structuring, and an absolutely minimalistic I/O path. The resulting performance is unmatched by either typical virtual appliances or physical shared storage. View full review »
reviewer1244424
Director of Systems and Security at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
Scalability is excellent. View full review »
Artur Kamalov
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
Scaling this solution is easy and simple. View full review »
Lukasz Z.
VMware Administrator, VMware vExpert at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Performance is very good but the bottleneck is the network. It is good to have 10gb links. View full review »
Dmitry Sysin
IT at SOMIAC
We plan to implement this solution on seventy servers in our branches. StarWind Virtual SAN allows you to do this quickly and it is not expensive. View full review »
Nikus48
IT manager at Vertical
The scalability of this solution is great! View full review »
Jason Liu
IT Specialist` at Grand River Conservation Authority
Not applicable. View full review »
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